Essay Topic 1
Describe Martha Ballard's life story beginning with her birth in Massachusetts in 1735. Who was her husband? How many children did she have? What were her primary professions?
Essay Topic 2
Explain why Martha's diary had been overlooked for so many years. What value does it have for historians and students today?
Essay Topic 3
Name and describe the two primary reasons Martha's diary is special. Compare it to similar famous diaries in history.
Essay Topic 4
Explain the role of the midwife in 18th century colonial America. What made Martha so successful in this role?
Essay Topic 5
Discuss the evolution of the relationship of doctors and midwives throughout Martha's lifetime. How did it change Martha's role as a midwife?
Essay Topic 6
What positions other than midwife did Martha hold in the community? What was her reputation? Did people respect her? Revere her? Explain...
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